September 14, 2011

16/100 scores 100/100

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Walking into the library I didn’t know what to expect for the new ‘16/100’ art exhibition. To tell you the truth, I half expected the art to be boring, and the artist himself to be slightly annoyed by my overly simple questions about his work. I felt like the only student who showed up to his talk that was not an art major.

Turns out I was completely wrong. Scott Bruno didn’t seem to mind my questions at all, and was a fascinating person to talk to. His work is anything but boring! It is beautiful, bizarre, simple, complex…if you stop by and take a look you will understand exactly what I mean.

Source: After 10 years, Bruno completed 100 posters, 16 of which are featured in Georgetown’s LRC.

There are 16 posters of identical size, hung side by side, hence the “16.” Beyond that it is hard to describe the posters themselves. At rst glance, I saw photographs- —an old photo from decades ago, an infant boy, animals, a chandelier. There were paintings too— abstract, still-life, childlike, realistic. After taking in the images, my eyes shifted towards the text on each poster; nally nding the common theme beneath all their uniqueness.

Somewhere on each poster was a title, name, date and “Weston Art Gallery.” The text is rarely on the same part of each poster, but is always legible, always present. Each poster promoted an upcoming  Scott Bruno did such an outstanding job creating these posters that they are now displayed in our very own Cochenour Gallery at Georgetown College.

Bruno, the man behind all these ingenious creations, started working with the Weston Art Gallery in 2000. He has been working with them ever since, making them his longest running client. From 2000-2010, Bruno has created a total of 100 posters for this gallery.

The Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery is located inside the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati, and mainly promotes artists that are from the tristate area. Bruno’s job is to create a poster using an example of the artist’s work and adding text to it. This text informs the public about the artist and their upcoming exhibition at the gallery. The words must be legible, but not take away from the artist’s work. At the same time it has to complement the art itself; representing what the whole exhibition will look like. This is tedious work, but Scott Bruno quite literally has his job down to an art.

When the gallery realized that Bruno had made over 100 posters for their exhibitions, they decided to commemorate this personal milestone with a new exhibition consisting of all his work. This meant locating all the posters and making sure they were still intact—some were found inside ofces within the building, or in hallways. A few had  to be reprinted. After gathering all 100, they presented a show, which took place almost a year ago this week.

Georgetown College took notice of Scott Bruno’s work. With the help of the Weston Art Gallery, they arranged to display some of his posters here on campus. This started a web based survey for students and faculty. The 100 posters were put on the site, and a number of people voted for which ones they liked best. Using these results, 16 posters were picked to be brought here from Cincinnati and hung in our very own art gallery.

“Some of my favorites made the cut, and there were also some surprises,” Bruno admitted as he looked over his posters hung neatly in a row. When asked what those favorites were, he pointed out one that read ‘Memebiotics’—this was a poster where he had made up his own word-mark to t the theme of that particular exhibition. He has done this with several of his posters, making up his own designs to coincide with the artist’s work. He does not consider himself an artist, but prefers the term graphic designer

. “My work has a set objective; it isn’t an idea open to interpretation,” he explains. But still, many believe him to be an artist because of his numerous innovative designs and how he can capture the essence of each artist through one single poster.

So next time you are in the LRC stop by and look—the posters are hung in the hallway right before you walk into our art gallery. Prepare to be fascinated as you observe them while eating your bagel from the Mulberry, or as you clear your head from a long session in a study room. If you like what you see (and I am sure you will like one poster at the very least) then check out Scott Bruno’s website to view all 100 posters at Click on “Exhibition Space” at the bottom, then “100 Posters.’” Keep clicking to observe an entire art exhibition without ever having to leave your seat.

“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”

Staff Writer

Source: Katie Holmes stars with Guy Pierce in the recent thriller, “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”

“You’re sitting there in the dark. But don’t worry. There’s nothing to be afraid of.” When I rst saw the trailer for Troy Nixey’s “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” I didn’t get to hear these lines. I was out at the concession stand trying to ght the masses to retrieve a buttery bounty for me and my girlfriend Liz. As I reentered the theatre, at the back end of the above quote, I was greeted with a “What the heck?! Thanks for leaving me! This trailer is creeping me out!” As I sat down I began to see what Liz was talking about. I became more and more excited; a horror movie produced by one of my favorite directors, Guillermo del Toro of “Hellboy” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” that’s based on a classic 70s made-for-TV movie? A horror movie with a killer trailer? This is going to awesome! And if you would’ve stopped the movie about 30 minutes in and asked me my opinion of it, it would have been something similar. “Are you kidding?! This movie is amazing! Can I give you more money? I don’t feel like I paid enough for this!” Unfortunately, movies are longer than 30 minutes, and I apparently couldn’t win a “predict-how-good-this-moviewill- be-based-on-the-first-30- minutes” contest.

The lm stars Guy Pearce (“Memento”) and Katie Holmes (“A Cage in Tom Cruise’s House”) as an architect and his wife who move into a 19th-century Rhode Island mansion with their daughter Sally Source: Katie Holmes stars with Guy Pierce in the recent thriller, “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” (Bailee Madison) who then begins to realize that something isn’t quite right with the house, as it begins to become infested with malicious, goblin-like homunculi rising out of a sealed replace in the basement. Now, as I said, the lm starts off with one of the best 15-30 minute beginnings of any movie I’ve seen in quite some time. Strictly speaking, the setup is good, with the creepy atmosphere and the score that has this frenzied vibe à la “Drag Me to Hell” that I love so much, with that feeling of dark and scary but also fun. Going in I also liked the fact that it was an R-Rated horror lm with a little girl as the protagonist. It really plays on that whole “what can actually happen to kids in these movies?” feeling and really puts you on edge.

Unfortunately, the lm never really takes advantage of all the opportunities it has to become something special, and seems to go against itself every step of the way. The plot is good, changing a few aspects of the original TV movie, but the acting, apart from young Bailee Madison, is pretty terrible. Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes work together to become perhaps the worst, most neglectful parents I’ve seen since Darth Vader. Despite having every possible piece of evidence they could need, they still refuse to believe their little girl about the monsters running around. However, it could be argued that this isn’t simply the work of horrible parents, but of monsters.This is a lm where the more you see the evil, the less scary it becomes. The creators obviously took nothing from the “JAWS” less-is-more theory. As you get more and more glimpses at the homunculi you get a feeling that these are just useless, little pushovers that can’t really do much of anything. Again we get another example that CGI is just not an effective way to scare people. Once you see how cartoonish the creatures look (and it’s not that they look bad per se, just from a horror movie standpoint), it takes away all the threat.

Bad acting, less than stellar creatures and contrivance-lled plot aside, I personally came out with a more positive perspective on the lm than it seems, just because of the fact that it does start off so well. I also think that the lm does pay off in a pretty interesting and entertaining way thematically. Other than that, I feel like it was really derivative and by the numbers. I do, however, feel that while it’s maybe not a solid B-movie, perhaps it’s a B-minus movie. It definitely has a satisfying old school vibe, but takes itself too seriously and has special effects that are too good to completely classify it as a true B-movie. All in all though, it’s not a bad watch, especially if you just want to take in a movie with some friends or if you’re really into librarians with oddly specic and relevant encyclopedic knowledge (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?). However, if you’re looking for a scary, really well done horror movie, I’d say pass on this one. But, at least it’s not “Apollo 18” or “Creature.” I’m giving the lm 21⁄2 stars out of 5.


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